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Sure, it may be 90 degrees this week, but (haha) Winter Is Coming. Soon New Yorkers will be camped in front of radiators, lips chapping, struggling to recall those halcyon weekends of going to the beach, lounging in the park, wearing less than two layers of clothing. Heat is a luxury, though, and in the winter the absence of it is one of the most strongly-felt consequences of negligent landlords. Every year, there are more...
It looks like shitty landlords are a universal truth no matter how much you're paying in rent. According to Brownstoner, that holds especially true for residents of 53 Broadway, a luxury building in Williamsburg where tenants are currently staging a rent strike against their shady building owner. The issue began back in March when residents of the South Williamsburg building (located at the corner of Wythe Avenue) complained to Brownstoner about ridiculously high electricity bills, parking lot problems...
One of the problems that arises when a previously-sleepy neighborhood starts to get noticed by developers—to the extent that it becomes the subject of a New York Times real estate piece proclaiming that said neighborhood "on the map"—is that landlords start seeing dollar signs. The possibility of making beaucoup bucks with little-to-no effort has been the source of much legal chicanery on the part of developers and landlords over the decades; it's basically a New York...
Famously awful Bushwick landlord Joel Israel (a top contender for the "Worst Landlord in Brooklyn" mantle) is finally on trial for destroying the apartments of his rent-stabilized tenants in hopes renting them out to newcomers at market-rate prices, along with his brother Aaron Israel. His rock-solid legal defense? The tenants just brought this all on themselves! During his testimony on Friday, Israel claimed that tenants had refused access to contractors attempting to make "necessary...

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